Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World

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Kathleen Ragan
W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Fiction - 450 pages
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A definitive sourcebook of folktales and fairytales and the first of its kind to feature a variety of multicultural heroines. Dismayed by the predominance of male protagonists in her daughters' books, Kathleen Ragan set out to collect the stories of our forgotten heroines: courageous mothers, clever young girls, and warrior women who save villages from monsters, rule wisely over kingdoms, and outwit judges, kings, and tigers. Gathered from around the world, from regions as diverse as sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe, from North and South American Indian cultures and New World settlers, from Asia and the Middle East, these 100 folktales celebrate strong female heroines. In "The Mirror of Matsuyama," we see the power of a mother's love overcome even the silence imposed by death. In "Moremi and the Egunguns," a fearless girl faces messengers from the land of the dead. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters is for all women who are searching to define who they are, to redefine the world and shape their collective sensibility. It is for men who want to know more about what it means to be a woman. It is for our daughters and our sons, so that they can learn to value all kinds of courage, courage in battle and the courage of love. It is for all of us to help build a more just vision of woman. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters breaks new ground by reexamining our notions about heroism. This book will appeal to parents who want to foster positive role models for their children. An invaluable resource of multicultural heroines for any school library.
 

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User Review  - ducehsslydia - Borders

I love cultural folklore and while that is what this anthology is, I had a hard time with the approach in this book. First of all some of the 'clever' women lacked basic morals, for instance when ... Read full review

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Book Description: W.W. NORTON & COMPANY LTD 2000 UK. new Paperback NEW ED A multicultural collection of folktales and fairytales celebrating strong heroines. Foreword by Jane Yolen. Book Description ... Read full review

Contents

The Three Sisters and Their Husbands Three Brothers
11
The Corpse Watchers Ireland
18
The Horned Women Ireland
26
Molly Whuppie England
33
Tamlane England
40
My Jons Soul Iceland
46
The Wood Maiden Czechoslovakia
54
The Child Who Was Poor and Good Greece
60
Hiiaka and the Seacoast Kupuas Hawaii
263
RauWhato Maori People New Zealand
270
The Old Woman and the Giant Philippines
277
Senan and Aping Kenyah People Sarawak Malaysia
284
Ubong and the HeadHunters Kenyah People Sarawak Malaysia
290
Revival and Revenge Kewa People Papua New Guinea
296
The Mogwois Baby Arnhem Land Australia
305
Tales from SubSaharan Africa
311

How the King Chose a DaughterinLaw Romania
73
Davit Georgia
77
The FortuneTeller Russia
92
The Flying Head Inauois
105
The Princess and the Magical Hat People of the Northwest Coast
126
The Legend of the Coppermine River Inuit
139
NEW WORLD NEWCOMERS
153
Tales Jrom Asia
167
A Wonderful Story India
184
The Tale of the Oki Islands Japan
199
The Tiger and the Coal Peddlers Wife Korea
217
Sailimais Four Precious Things Hui People China
228
Maiden Liu the Songster Yao People China
240
A Polite Idiosyncrasy Kwangtung China
247
The Wife Who Stole a Heart Kalmuck People Siberia
254
KuChinDaGayya and Her Elder Sister and the Dodos Hausa People
316
The Spider Kayi and the Bush Fowl Limba People Sierra Leone
324
The Man Killed for a Spinach Leaf Limba People Sierra Leone
331
The Leopard Woman Liberia
338
Wacu and the Eagle Agikuyu People Kenya
348
Nonikwe and the Great One Marimba Zulu
354
Nanabolele Who Shines in the Night Basotbo People Lesotho
360
Jackal and Hen Basotbo People Lesotho
366
The Feshhanci Girl Turkey
375
The Story of the City of NothingmtheWorld Persia
387
Who Is Blessed with the Realm Riches and Honor? Israel
393
The Sultans Daughter Sudan
401
The Miser Who Married Iraq
415
For Further Reading
435
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Kathleen Ragan is the author of Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters and Outfoxing Fear. She has lived in or traveled to fifty countries and currently lives in Australia.

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